The Kamloops Fire Zone is one of seven zones that comprise the Kamloops Fire Centre in south-central British Columbia. The Kamloops Fire Zone is classified as Zone 2 and is located in the southern interior of this region. Extending south towards Logan Lake, west to the Hat Creek valley, north towards Wells Grey Park and east of Adams Lake in the Shuswap area, the Kamloops Fire Zone encompasses 13,121 square kilometres or approximately 1.3 million hectares. The actual Zone office is located on the west side of Kamloops at 4000 Airport Drive. The Kamloops Fire Zone office is an extension of the Kamloops Fire Centre building.
The Kamloops Fire Zone employs five full time staff members and numerous seasonal employees. A Forest Protection assistant is employed on a seasonal basis as support to the full time staff. In a regular season, six
Initial Attack crews, each composed of three fire fighters, and a 20 person
unit crew are based out of the Kamloops Fire Zone.
As well, a Primary Attack Base (PAB) supervisor coordinates the crews and manages the warehouse throughout the fire season. Another aspect of the seasonal employment is the Fire Warden program. This program utilizes grassroots support to conduct patrols and day-use lookout duties as well as to assist in the maintenance of the warehouse.
The Co-op Program is another process through which the Kamloops Fire Zone employs seasonal staff. Post-secondary students currently enrolled in relevant university/college or technical school programs are hired to perform duties associated with their field of study.